Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed out of Trump’s plan to cut $60 Billion in spending.
Yesterday on Fox News, McConnell confirmed my skepticism by announcing the Senate would not bring a rescissions package to a floor vote.
â€œYou canâ€™t make an agreement one month and say, â€˜OK, we really didnâ€™t mean it,’â€ McConnell told Fox Newsâ€™ Neil Cavuto in anÂ exclusive interview. He reminded Cavuto that President Trump agreed to the spending deal McConnell forged with Democrats.
â€œHe agreed to it. He was involved in the negotiation and signed the bill,â€ McConnell said. â€œWe had a deal with the Democrats.â€
Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s wrong with this â€” aside from the fact that McConnell is whiffing on a chance to cut as much as $60 billion in spending. The argument leadership made to conservatives about the omnibus spending bill and why Republicans had to vote for it dealt with the 60-vote threshold. Without 60 votes in the Senate, conservatives are constantly told, McConnellâ€™s Republicans just canâ€™t override a Democrat filibuster. Leadership argued the military badly needed these spending increases and that we couldnâ€™t risk the Democrats shutting down the government and holding the military hostage by insisting on cuts to non-defense spending. So thatâ€™s why Republicans were â€œforcedâ€ to swallow a $1.3 trillion increase in spending.
Well, this argument doesnâ€™t apply to a rescissions package. The money for the military has already been appropriated, so a $60 billion spending cut to non-defense spending doesnâ€™t affect the troops, obviously. Further, these spending cuts would be brought up using a â€œprivileged resolutionâ€ in the Senate, permitting Republicans to pass the cuts with a simple majority, the 51 votes they do have. Thatâ€™s why President Trumpâ€™s White House and House Republicans were ready to move forward with this plan.
Although I can’t stand the spending bill or Mitch McConnell I do understand his point here. The spending bill was passed and it is the Republicans fault it was so bad. Going in and changing an agreement after a deal was made is something that Republicans would freak out about. The bottom line is that the Republicans should have passed a better deal and because the American Tax Payers are going to pay for it.